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Locals I Love: Meet Kirsten Hills, A Video Journalist in Florence

This rainy, slightly depressing Sunday has taken a turn for the better as I’ve managed to get my act together and share yet another story as part of my local’s I love compilation that has spanned over five years. This series is dedicated to interviews sharing the lives of people I’ve personally met around Italy to give people a better window on what life is really like here. Life is not instagram, and through these words people who wonder what…

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What to Do in March 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

March has started with a bang, or rather more accurately, a brief and beautiful snowfall. Of course, that quickly turned to rain but I am still swooning in the memory of walking under snowflakes in Piazza di Santo Spirito. No matter what the weather in March in Florence, Italy, you can be assured that there will be many reasons to leave the house with a jam-packed array of exciting events around the city. I am most excited for this edition…

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A Rare Snowfall Blankets the City of Florence and Here Are Some Photos

I’ve been here for 11 years and I’ve never really seen it snow in Florence. However this morning (March 1st by the way) everything changed with one light, beautiful snowfall and I couldn’t help rushing to write this post to share this rare treat with you guys. Naturally by the time you read this, the snow will have turned into rain and the city will be one slushy, slippery hot mess. Be careful with your shoe choices guys.. As soon…

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A Walk Through Florence’s Outdoor Sculpture Gallery: Loggia dei Lanzi

Main cover photo sourced from Wikimedia Commons When I first came (back) to Florence in 2007 I was in love with the city but had one serious problem, I didn’t have any money. At the time, I was doing three to four odd jobs, mostly teaching English, and constantly running around the city getting a PhD  in Italy’s ATAF bus service. Meals were strictly reduced to eating at home, crappy aperitivo buffets and the occasional lunch with one, max two…

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Locals I Love: Meet Paola Monticelli

I am really excited about today’s interview because it is the first locals I love interview of 2018. I have been doing these interviews for a number of years now, always with the aim to share those stories from the people I meet in Italy to give you guys a more personal perspective from those actually living, working and calling Florence home. Another reason to be excited is that I am publishing today’s questions a day after Paola’s actual birthday…

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48 Hours In Riva del Garda, Trentino’s Delicious Paradise

One of our favorite weekend destinations of 2017 also happened to be one that most people I know hadn’t even heard of. Lake Garda of course is very well-known, its existence on this planet first took place 1.5 million years ago formed as a glacier off the side of a mountain, later a former stronghold of the Roman empire, followed by to its villages battled by the passionate Lombard people, Franks, Spaniards and Austrians.  Riva del Garda is in the very northernness part…

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